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Speaker Peter Bardaglioi discussed the issue of education and the age of climate change yesterday | Page 3
By Becky Tener Reporter
In our staff editorial, we encourage students to be informed about issues concerning the Stroh Center and USG elections | Page 4
There are some new Falcon fans in the crowd this year and they’re turning heads with their blank stares and masked faces. So who are these unknown spirited figures? They’re the Falcawockeez (fal-ca-wak-eez). Freshmen Peter Mills and Tyler Jarosz have been donning their Falcawockeez masks since the first home football game in September. The idea for the Falacwockeez came to Mills this summer before he was officially a Falcon. His inspiration: the Jabbawockeez, a group of dancers who won the MTV contest “America’s Best Dance Crew.” The Jabbawockeez wear blank white masks while performing innovative dance moves to create a unified look. Mills made that idea his own, and decided to get his best friend and roommate, Jarosz, in on it. “When ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ came on we fell in love with the Jabbawockeez because they were so sweet,” Mills said. “And we thought how sick would this be if we wore these [masks] to the games.” With a little orange and brown paint and some Falcon sports apparel, the Falcawockeez were born.
Pro Stroh, vote no
Two former University graduates advocate students to vote no on the Stroh Center referendum tomorrow | Page 4
Meet the new netbook
Columnist Levi Wonder discusses the newest advancement in computer technology: the netbook | Page 4
Falcons face off in WNIT
Women’s basketball will host the Indiana Hoosiers tonight in Anderson Arena in the third round of the WNIT | Page 10
See MASKS | Page 2 ILLUSTRATION BY BLAISE TERRANOVA | THE BG NEWS
ALAINA BUZAS | THE BG NEWS
Coalition holds open forum Waynick, University administrators field Stroh Center questions By Andy Ouriel and Amy Gostkowski The BG News
Hosting Cleveland State this weekend, the Falcons pulled out a 10-6 win on their home field | Page 10
What they lacked in numbers, the attendees of last night’s town-hall meeting made up for in passion when firing questions continuously for the 90-minute session. Last night, the Coalition for USG Reform sponsored an open forum to help students ask any questions regarding the Stroh Center and tomorrow’s referendum. Questions such as how the initial $60 fee was implemented, the lack of information presented to
the student body and how the outside community would perceive the student’s final decision were promptly answered. Each of the approximate 40 people in attendance had a chance to ask questions of the administrators present and involved with the planning and promoting of the new arena. USG President John Waynick, AthleticDirectorGregChristopher, Vice President of Student Affaris Ed Whipple and Marketing and
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With the increasing popularity of summer classes both on-campus and online, the University has reduced the per-credit-hour fee for this summer by 15 percent. Students often take advantage of summer classes to get ahead in their studies, graduate on time or make room for internships during the school year. The new fee structure pertains to current students, transfer students and guest students. Kim McBroom, associate vice president for Marketing and Communications, said the decision stems from conversations students had with the former provost last fall.
“Students had expressed that they wished summer rates could be a little less expensive. The provost and finance department reviewed the part-time rate, realizing they could revisit part-time student calculation for how the rate per credit hour was calculated,” she said. The rate was then recalibrated to make it much more advantageous for students looking to take part-time classes. “When you are going part-time, it has been adjusted downward to make the costs more appealing,” McBroom said. “If someone would like to take a class or two to catch up or get ahead, it is now much more cost effective to do that.” In a campus e-mail sent March
The actual text of the referendum: Shall the USG vote to approve resolution 2008/09-08, showing support for the Stroh Center, be repealed?
By Choosing No, you are voting to uphold USG's Resolution (2008/09-08) to support the Stroh Center (includes $60 fee)
___Yes BEN LOHMAN | THE BG NEWS
DISCUSSION: At the Town Hall forum guests debated the Stroh Center and topics for the vote. Guests included (left to right) John Waynick, Dave Kielmeyer and Greg Christopher.
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University reduces summer fees, makes classes more affordable
“Probably how they spend students’ money.” | Page 4
This month’s In Focus section has all of the information needed for USG elections | Page 7
Students inspired by MTV dance crew show spirit at athletic events
Time for students to step up
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4, 2009, University President Carol Cartwright explained the decision. “Given the current economy, we think this is one way we can help our students control their education costs. The lower summer percredit-hour fee gives students the opportunity to stay on track with their education plans or get ahead at a more affordable rate.” Junior Aimee Klingelsmith took summer classes for the first time last year and will do so again in the upcoming semester. “I actually found out about the 15 percent [savings] after I registered so that was just a nice perk,” she said. “But I’m taking
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Despite rumor, pop culture department to remain By Allison Borgelt Reporter
A floating rumor that the University might shut down the Department of Popular Culture due to financial issues was debunked by Angela Spence Nelson, department chair and associate professor, and Simon Morgan-Russell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The rumor was news to Nelson. “I haven’t heard anything like that at all,” she said. “There’s a lot of talk about budget issues on campus right now and people’s contracts not being renewed ... I’m thinking it’s probably connected to that, because that’s the big thing on everyone’s minds.” Nelson said no money has been taken away from the department,
and that its operations have been running as usual. “If they would say that they were going to take away our operating budget, then we would have a problem,” Nelson said. “I’m hoping we wouldn’t be told such a thing ... but I haven’t heard any kind of talk like that at all.” Nelson said she wondered where the rumor was coming from, and she thought it seemed “kind of odd.” “Even if something were coming down the line, it seems like our department would know,” she said. “This is my seventh year as department chair, and I don’t recall anyone saying the Department of Popular Culture [was] going to be shut down.”
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Complainant reported his mailbox on State Avenue was smashed again by an unknown subject, causing approximately $50 in damages. 11:23 A.M.
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Christopher Williams, 23, of Bowling Green, was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after police found three marijuana pipes and .18 grams of marijuana in his possession. Yancy Nearhood, 29, of Haskins, Ohio, was cited for possession of marijuana after handing an officer a pill bottle containing .03 grams of marijuana. Brien Strancar, 24, of Toledo, was cited for possession of marijuana after turning over less than 100 grams to officers.
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According to Morgan-Russell, no decision to close any department has been made in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Popular Culture is doing well, Nelson said. “We’re just as strong as ever with our classes, and students really, really like our film classes,” Nelson added. “I mean we’re bursting, every semester.” Nelson said the Introduction to Popular Culture class (POPC 160) is especially popular with students, and that the department has “never had to close down an intro class because we didn’t have enough students.” “I think we have a good future, just based on student interest where it stands even right now,” Nelson said. Benjamin Phillips and Sarah Lafferty, graduate students in the department, both voiced a strong commitment to popular culture at the University. “It would be a detriment to the University for them to fully close the department because it draws both international and national students for its graduate program,” said Lafferty, a graduate of Rhode Island College and vice president of the Graduate Student Senate. “I wouldn’t have come here without that specific department.” “I haven’t really heard any rumors about [the department closing], and I hope that the program doesn’t get cut,” Phillips said. “It provided me with a wonderful opportunity these past two years, and it would be a shame if future students didn’t get the same chance that I did.” Phillips organizes the Popular Culture Colloquium Series for the
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“I think we have a good future, just based on student interest ...” Angela Spence Nelson | Professor department, which he described as “a monthly opportunity for faculty members at Bowling Green and [from] surrounding communities to share some of their recent research in a friendly and helpful environment.” He invites one faculty member per month to give an hour-long presentation and hold question and answer sessions afterward. “It’s a great way for students and faculty to learn about research avenues within popular culture,” Phillips said. “It’s fun to hear what people are researching.” The final colloquium will include thesis presentations by Phillips, Lafferty and Stephanie Plummer, another graduate student. The colloquium will be held Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m. in the 207 Mylander meeting room in the Union. The Department of Popular Culture is currently in its 35th year at the University, and Nelson said a celebratory symposium has been discussed for next year, in conjunction with the University’s 100th anniversary.
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“We rock them out at the games with full BG gear head-totoe,” he said. But the Falcawockeez don’t get dressed up just for their love of the Jabbawockeez or even sports here at the University, Mills said. Their goal is to get the crowd excited about the games. Mills, who said he never got a chance to be crazy at sporting events in high school, is making up for it now. “I love getting into stuff like this,” he said. “It’s something we can do to stand out.” FreshmanSamNovakgoestoall the games with the Falcawockeez and said they bring energy to the crowd that is “crazy spirited.” “I go with them to games and paint my face or wear my Waffle House uniform just to be goofy and to get people excited,” Novak said. Novak said the crowd is drawn to the Falcawockeez just like Freddie and Frieda or SIC SIC. She added the Falcawockeez enjoy how unique and exciting sporting events can be with both spirit groups. The Falcawockeez like to be part of the excitement by getting the crowd “wound-up and supportive.” “Tyler and Pete are extremely spirited and they’re extreme
sports fanatics,” Novak said. “They dress up to put spirit in people.” Mills said the Falcawockeez mask empowers him to be “overthe-top spirited” at the games because no one can see who he really is. Mills also said while the Falcawockeez intrigue fans, he also enjoys the reactions people have to their costumes. “These are the most fun things ever, I absolutely adore it, because it freaks people out. It’s so fun to be behind this blank stare,” he said. Tyler Jarosz, the other Falcawockee, said toward the end of football season the Falcawockeez were like celebrities and have continued to be recognized for their spirited behavior and costumes. “Everyone is like ‘Can we get a picture with you?’,” he said. “It’s pretty crazy.” He also said the Falcawockeez have gotten a lot of offers for their signature masks and where student can find them. But the masks are not for sale. With their newly add fan base, the Falcawockeez are often asked if they plan on expanding the group with more “highly spirited masked men” but Jarosz said for now they’ll just stick with the two of them. “We really just like keeping it between us two,” he said. “We want it, for right now, to just be
our thing.” The Falcawockeez have said they do plan on expanding the sports they attend other than basketball and football. “We’ll probably go to some baseball games and we have to go to soccer next year,” he said. The Falcawockeez have learned that the spirit they bring to the crowd at games has gained them support from some athletes too. Freshman Marc Stevens, a University football player, said as an athlete, having students in the stands like the Falcawockeez is encouraging. “It’s really nice to see [fans] like that,” he said. “It’s always better when people are crazy and loud and the crowd is cheering.” Stevens said he also enjoys how genuinely supportive the Falcawockeez are and how crazy they can be in the stands. “I absolutely love it when they [wear the masks]; it’s fun to see,” he said. While the Falcawockeez plan to continue showing their masked faces at University sporting events, Mills said he encourages more students to join in the fun with the Falcawockeez and “just go nuts” at the games. “When you’re in a crowd, have fun, don’t hold back, not even a little bit,” he said. “That’s why we have so much fun [as Falcawockeez]; we just want to show our spirit.”
into three sessions: one eightweek session, and two six-week sessions, resulting in faster paced classes. Both core courses and electives are offered during the summer. The fast pace makes it easy for students to fall behind, Byer warned. He advised students to be aware of assignments and their due dates. “Because you do get to work on your own, it is easy to let yourself get behind on readings and other assignments,” he said. More than 700 class sessions are offered on-campus and an additional 200 more are offered online.
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The victim told his girlfriend to wait at the corner, and proceeded to confront the A black, male University student subjects on Clough Street. After falling to was attacked last Saturday night while the ground, the victim said the subjects walking down Troup Street after four to ran through the drive heading south next six white males provoked him. to the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house. The victim, who was left with a According to police reports, the suslarge gash underneath his eye, said he pects were described as “preppy-looking,” was walking down the street with his with one suspect wearing a black North girlfriend when a number of males he Face coat and the others wearing polo encountered started calling him “nigshirts.
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The University, along with higher education in general, was called out this morning at the â€œSustainable Uâ€? presentation at the University for not promoting and incorporating sustainable practices and values into all areas of higher education. The concern over of the lack of sustainable efforts in higher education was issued this morning by the senior fellow at Second Nature and one time Provost at Ithaca College Peter Bardaglio during his speech, â€œBoldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change.â€? This is also the title of the new book he co-authored with Andrea Putman, which will be in stores April 5, 2009. Moments into his speech Bardaglio acknowledged the fact that the University has not yet
cited for disorderly conduct with persistence after both students refused to stop struggling with Campus Police after being apprehended. The parking lot fights took place after Two students cited for multiple incidents requiring police intervention during a multi-cultural dance held in fights on Sunday night occurred the Union Ballroom. After participants were Two male University students were escorted from the ballroom outside the building, cited Sunday night after three to four fights police said a number of different fights broke out erupted in the pay parking lot at the west in the area for unknown reasons. entrance to the Union Grand Ballroom. According to police reports, Johnson was Steven Johnson and James Meeuws were witnessed swinging his fists and hitting another
signed the Presidentâ€™s Climate Commitment. Six hundred and two higher education institutions have signed this commitment to pledge their dedication to reducing their institutions green house gases, according to the Presidentâ€™s Climate Commitment Web site. University President Carol Cartwright would have been the person to confront on this subject, but she was unable to attend the presentation and give her welcoming comments due to illness, University Provost Mark Gromko said. Although the Presidentâ€™s Climate Commitment has not been signed by the University, Gromko acknowledged other sustainable and environmentally friendly programs the University is encouraging. Such programs include the orange bike exchange to encourage less
See EVENT | Page 5 male, knocking him to the ground. Officers then pushed Johnson to the ground and handcuffed him. As he was escorted toward a patrol car, he began struggling with officers again before being subdued and placed inside the vehicle, police said. Police also said Meeuws continued to fight with four other subjects after being ordered to stop by officers. As a result, he was peppersprayed and handcuffed. Once Meeuws was handcuffed, he remained cooperative, police reports said.
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Brown bag event honors women mentors By Theresa Scott Reporter
Yesterday women across campus were asked to invite their favorite mentor to a catered lunch in the Womenâ€™s Center. The â€œThe 11th Annual Bring Your Favorite Professor/Mentor to Lunchâ€? event was hosted yesterday to capstone Marchâ€™s Womenâ€™s History Month. Students were encouraged to bring the one woman who has made a difference in their lives as a professor or mentor. Mary Krueger, director of the
Womenâ€™s Center, welcomed those in attendance and invited the mentors to join in discussion with the other women in attendance. â€œThis is my favorite event we do because there is no agenda,â€? Kruger said. â€œThere is no expectation but to celebrate your favorite mentor and be grateful for the women who have influenced you in your life at BGSU.â€? Kerry Jones, a doctoral student in Higher Education Administration, invited her mentor, Evlyn Asheley, a second-year doctoral student, to be her guest at the luncheon.
â€œI invited her because she has a listening ear, and she has been so helpful this year,â€? Jones said. Asheley said she was honored to be chosen as Jonesâ€™s mentor. â€œThe fact that she would even think of me is very flattering,â€? Asheley said. The Womenâ€™s Center was filled with guests who swapped stories about how the University has changed in the past 20 years and what their plans are for the future. Dana Roof and Lee Meiser, graduate students at the University, sat
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Book signing after talk Frances Washburn (Lakota/Anishinabe) teaches American Indian studies and English at the University of Arizona. She earned a masterâ€™s degree in creative writing and a doctorate in American studies from the University of New Mexico. Her poetry, ďŹ ction and creative nonďŹ ction have appeared in American Indian Quarterly, Studies in American Indian Literature, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Her acclaimed novel, Elsieâ€™s Business, was published in 2006 by the University of Nebraska Press. In the authorâ€™s words, Elsieâ€™s Business is â€œintriguing, mysterious, and tragic....The events that happen to Elsie, happen to young Indian women everywhere.... I am asking readers to remember all those whose deaths have been forgotten.â€? Her latest novel, â€œThe Sacred White Turkey,â€? is drawn from her own life experiences growing up in and around Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and is scheduled for release in Fall 2010.
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What is the most important issue for USG?
“The Stroh Center because some students are for it and some students are against it.”
“[The Stroh Center] is the biggest problem students are facing. Some are for it and some are against it.”
“They should focus more on student involvement.”
“I have no idea.”
CINDY BOYD, Junior, Special Education
MICHAEL JOCOBY, Freshman, AYA Social Studies
KELLEY ESTREMERA, Junior, Spanish
SELENA STRICKLING, Freshman, Political Science
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Stroh Center debacle reveals USG should work harder to inform students It all comes down to keeping the campus informed. Tomorrow, students across campus will be pinned with “Pro Stroh, vote No” buttons, rained on by informational pamphlets and hounded by crowds wearing Stroh Center T-shirts. It was impossible to pick up The BG News this week without reading advertisements, guest columns, articles and letters to the editor about the Stroh Center. Now that the student body will be voting either for or against USG’s Stroh Center resolution, it’s suddenly important to inform the stu-
dent body on the particulars. However, informing the students should have been a priority all along. USG’s resolution includes the approval of a $60 student fee to help pay off $22 million remaining to build the $36 million basketball arena. The $60 fee is a detail that affects all students. Apparently some students — more than 1,000 of them, well in excess of the number of signatures required to send the resolution to a student vote — were caught off guard by the details of the resolution. In all fairness, University
administrators and USG did host several open forums addressing the Stroh Center and the student fee months before the resolution went to vote before USG senate. The meetings, however, were full of empty seats. Not many students were paying attention. It wasn’t until the night USG passed the resolution that the seats filled with concerned students and members of the community. As expressed in a staff editorial in The BG News at that time, the turnout at that meeting should have been an indi-
Netbooks, latest electronic trend LEVI JOSEPH WONDER COLUMNIST My portable computer is a dinosaur. Being a rather large and cumbersome behemoth of a laptop with a ravenous appetite for electricity and a marred brushed aluminum coating, it’s an ugly, clumsy, power hungry computer. And it’s not the most easily portable thing in the world either. Plus, it has the capability to burn the hair off from the tops of my thighs if I rest it on my legs for too long. Damn, those computer processors can get awfully hot. Sometimes I think my computer is possessed by some kind of fire demon or something. Scorched thighs aside, my aluminum rectangle and its ilk had better watch their backs, because a new breed of portable computer is on the rise, making strides with its inherent simplicity and appeal amongst the Generation Y market. Say hello to the newest species in town that’s replacing the dinosaurs: the netbook. If you’re not familiar with the term “netbook,” you’ve surely seen one of these microcomputers in some place or another over the past couple of years. Basically, they’re really tiny laptop computers. Netbooks are trimmeddown portable computers designed specifically for lowintensity computing tasks such as Web surfing, wireless communication and word processing. They’re slim, sexy, power-efficient machines
with tiny (yet equally sexy) screens and cases designed for maximum portability and power efficiency. Essentially, netbooks are ideal for on-the-go people and businessmen and women who need internet access frequently. I think college students fall within this category, too. That’s probably why I see so many kids around the University campus using them. These computers are popping up all over the place. I think it’s indicative of a growing trend within the consumer electronics industry: people these days want them small. Really small. And if consumers want them, they shall receive. I see the growing netbook trend representing an ideal middle ground between multifunctional cell phones and traditional “notebook” laptop computers. Consumers want multifunctionality in their electronic devices, and netbooks can satisfy demand for such a device very well. With a netbook, one can surf the internet, listen to music, use Skype to call other people, communicate via instant messaging and e-mail, read e-books, play games and a multitude of other things. That’s a killer app right there, if you ask me. It’s probably why I see my existing computer as being so big and bulky. It lacks the superior portability of a netbook. As Wi-Fi hotspots continue to pop up all over the world, and while internet-savvy consumers continue to display increasing demand for efficiency, portability and convenience in the ways they communicate, I can only see netbooks becoming more prevalent as time goes on. Funny thing is, we’re see-
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ing the exact opposite happen within the cell phone industry. Consumers don’t want their cell phones to be smaller anymore: they want them bigger. Ever since the text messaging phenomenon took over a few years ago, cell phones have been redesigned with full QWERTY keyboards and wider screens so people can more efficiently send text messages to each other and browse the webernets with ease. Funny — shortly before this started to happen, everyone was cracking jokes about how much smaller cell phones were going to become. Now they’re getting huge. Sacrificing some portability for additional features has made its permanent mark on the cell phone market, but despite this march toward larger cell phones, I see this trend as being directly related to the shrinking size of portable computers. Think about it: traditional laptops are too cumbersome and large to carry around everywhere, and smaller cellphones are limited in their functionality. So, by having our laptops shrunk into netbooks and by increasing the size of our cell phones to be more practical for texting, we’re steadily marching toward an all-in-one wonder somewhere between a small computer and a big cell phone. I’m just throwing around ideas, of course. But these netbooks are popping up all over the place recently, and it represents changes in the way we communicate and share information with each other. In the information age, portability is king. Expect to see more netbooks in the future. Respond to Levi at firstname.lastname@example.org
cation that USG could have done a better job talking to more students. A week later, members of the Coalition for USG Reform were collecting signatures and waving signs. It’s important to understand that the reform group did not oppose the Stroh Center or the $60 fee, although some of its members may have. The group formed to question the process to which USG determined an indication of student support. Rather than adopting the “you-elected-us, thereforeyou-should-trust-us-to-represent-you” attitude, USG
should have launched an aggressive informative campaign outlining why they are approving a $60 fee for future students. By improving communication with the student body, perhaps USG may be able to restore some of the damaged trust this reform has caused. No matter what the outcome of the student vote may be, the referendum has successfully prompted an information campaign and engaged much of the campus in the democratic process. The lesson learned is that students care about the
future of the University and being properly represented by their elected representatives. The BG News hopes the student body recognizes this and treats the upcoming USG election with equal enthusiasm. Now that the students have earned a voice, it’s important for them to get educated. The facts can be found all over campus and in this paper. Vote for the future student, and for the future of this institution. Get involved and vote for a student government that truly represents the student body.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Students urged to support their USG leaders I love Bowling Green State University. My wife, a University graduate and former track athlete, and I are proud Falcon fans. I’m writing to appeal to all students to vote on March 27 and to vote no. As a former member of Undergraduate Student Government, I believe in USG and it is important that a university has a strong student government structure. USG leaders are elected by their peers and are charged with making decisions in the best interest of the student body. Like our leaders at the state and federal level, they are also charged with making decisions that could impact students long-term. They have every right and responsibility to vote on a student fee of $60 for the Stroh Center and campus parking improvements. I
Students asked to vote and pass down their legacy to future bodies I am a 1986 graduate of the University, and I have found my education to be excellent preparation for a fulfilling career that included 14 years on Bowling Green City Council, as well as more than 20 years in marketing and development. My education at Bowling Green was built on the many contributions of those who came before me. The far-sighted investment of University leaders and students created an outstanding educational environment, from the faculty to the facili-
remember supporting a student fee for the Perry Field House even though I had one semester to utilize the facility. I supported it because it was the right thing to do for generations of Falcons to follow. Today that building is used by students on a daily basis. When I come back to visit the University and walk through the BowenThompson Student Union, I’m proud of that building and I’m proud student leaders who followed me voted for a student fee to make that building happen so you and those coming after you have a fantastic facility to meet friends, eat, shop, hold student meetings, work and enjoy. Never underestimate the importance of paying it forward. What would campus look like today if those before us didn’t keep our success and future in mind? I ask you to vote no on March 27. Support your USG leaders that you elect-
ed. This is about more than a new concert venue, arena and better parking for students. It’s about students supporting students and a fundamental governing system that has been in place for almost 100 years. Just like in our state and federal government, people have a right to be heard and to lobby, but in the end, our elected officials make the call and cast the vote in our best interests. Our student government is no different. A vote of no means you support your right to participate in the University’s governance.
ties, before I even arrived. In the Stroh Center referendum, you are being asked to vote to leave your own legacy to people you may never know or meet. The Stroh Center will transform how people look at the University, and form lasting memories from the moment it opens. It is part of a strategic facility plan that will improve the buildings and educational environment in all parts of campus. I understand times are tough. Many University graduates are experiencing that just as students are. However, now is perhaps the best time we have ever seen to build a facility like this. Interest rates and construction costs are
very low and present a great opportunity to maximize the investments of everyone involved. I read from referendum organizers that the key thing was for students to have a voice in this decision. Now that they do, I urge every voter to consider their legacy at the University, and vote to allow student fees to be invested in the Stroh Center. The benefits will continue for decades to come.
By Jason Jackson. Jason is a 1994 University graduate in Communications who served as a USG Senator from 1990-1992 and USG President from 1992-1994. He currently works as a Miami Heat TV host and courtside reporter. Respond to Jason at email@example.com
By BJ Fischer, 1986 University graduate currently living in Saline, MI. Respond to BJ at firstname.lastname@example.org
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automobile traffic, energy and recycle wars in the dining and residence halls along with green tailgating initiatives. While these projects are taking a step towards sustainability, Bardaglio called for more attention on the critical thinking aspect of sustainability. â€œSustainability is critical thinking,â€? he said. â€œIt asks you to balance dynamic interactions between economic, social and environmental health.â€? To have a successful dynamic
interaction between these three areas, the status quo of focusing on economic efficiency needs to be left in the past to look towards a future of successful sustainability in higher education, Bardaglio said. A successful sustainable future for higher education means demonstrating day-today sustainable practices in the classroom, viewing power as resource of other means than just control, viewing societyâ€™s relationship with the planet as mutually beneficial and using effective leadership and critical thinking skills to teach students and colleagues how to better use
resources, Bardaglio said. â€œA commitment to sustainability means a more holistic and purpose driven education system,â€? he said. â€œWe have to be able to use our education to solve these very real problems, such as climate change.â€? â€œSustainable Uâ€? was an all day presentation, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., held at the Union to discuss environmental sustainability in Northwest Ohio colleges and universities. The event was sponsored by five of the Universityâ€™s colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Technology, along with local vendors like Starbucks
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together and shared stories about the University in the early 1970s. â€œWe both used to have hair down to our waists!â€? Roof said. Meiser remembered fondly the mentors she had as a student then and enjoys talking to and mentioning students now as a graduate student in enterpreneurship. After the luncheon the mentors were given carnations and certificates to remember the event by. â€œI just love this,â€? Kruger said. â€œI love looking around the room and seeing all the positive energy.â€?
Program makes couples rethink vow meanings By Michelle Olmstead Reporter
â€œUntil death do us partâ€? is a promise sworn by countless couples on their wedding day. But how many of them fully grasp the concept of such a permanent commitment? Engaged couples seeking help in writing their wedding vows need to look no further. Annette Mahoney, a clinical psychologist licensed since 1992, along with eight advanced graduate students in the Ph.D. clinical psychology program at the University, are now offering a free program to help students with vows. This nine-session program is organized around the traditional vows. Each sessionâ€™s topic is centered on a component of the traditional vows, such as â€œfor better or worse,â€? or â€œin sickness and in health.â€? Other topics include: -Promising to Love, Comfort, Honor and Keep -For Richer or Poorer -Forsake All Others -Building a Family -Until Death Do You Part â€œWeâ€™ve organized the program around the standard vows that have been around for centuries,â€? Mahoney explained. â€œAnd then weâ€™re going to try to help the couples really talk about what those
vows mean to them, and how their spirituality helps them think about and understand what theyâ€™ll actually do in each of the topics.â€? Open to the Bowling Green community free of charge, the wedding vows program will run from now until May. Couples will meet together with one graduate student during each session at scheduled times that are convenient for them. Mahoney believes the happiness induced by engagement and weddings sometimes clouds the minds of couples. In the midst of wedding plans, crucial subjects are often overlooked. â€œI think that when people are headed into marriage, theyâ€™re usually really happy and itâ€™s hard to anticipate and really talk through some of the things they may encounter, like financial problems â€” for richer or poorer. Or if you encounter sicknesses â€” youâ€™re not sick right now, so why do you really stop and think about it?â€? Mahoney said. â€œWhat weâ€™re really going to try and help people to do in each of the sessions is think about â€˜What would for better or for worse be like for us?â€™â€? she added. Emily Padgett is one of the eight graduate students that helped to create the program as a part of an advanced course in the Psychology
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â€œWe certainly donâ€™t have an agenda to break anybody up.â€? Emily Padgett | Graduate volunteer Department. Adding the spirituality component to Mahoneyâ€™s list of sensitive topics, Padgett stressed the importance of communication. â€œReligion and spirituality â€” people kind of stay away from it at times. Itâ€™s about respecting each other, and itâ€™s a touchy subject. If itâ€™s an important part of peopleâ€™s lives and theyâ€™ve never really been shown to talk about or have been encouraged to talk about it, then people like us can help them get there,â€? she said. Padgett also emphasized that the program does not aim to change the spiritual views of couples. â€œWe certainly donâ€™t have an agenda to break anybody up,â€? she said. â€œWeâ€™re not going to teach them anything about religion or spirituality. We want them to use their spirituality and religion as their own resource, personally and as a couple. We just want to be able to facilitate that,â€? she said. Another graduate student, Jeremy Cummings, is looking forward to the program. â€œI think itâ€™s going to be exciting because the vows have been sort of passed down for years and years, and I think a lot of people donâ€™t think about what they mean,â€? Cummings said.
â€œIt gives couples the opportunity to think about what it really means to love, honor, comfort and keep each other, what is means to be with each other for better or for worse,â€? he added. Senior Ryan Davis, and his recently-graduated fiancĂŠ, Stephanie Guigou, are one of the three couples currently signed up for the program. Though they have not yet attended their first meeting, Davis feels that discussing the meaning of vows is important. â€œI feel like a lot of people might rush into things or not know if theyâ€™re ready, but I think thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important to have a standard. Go over your vows--if you have a strong faith, know what your faith says about getting married. Have a standard of what you and your spouse will live by.â€? Whether couples are planning on using the traditional vows, or looking into writing their own, the program will certainly allow couples to explore the practical applications of their eternal promises. Interested couples should contact the Psychological Services Center at (419)-372-2540, or call Dr. Mahoney at (419)-372-0282. The resounding message coming from Mahoney and the graduate students was simple â€”talk. â€œMarriage is a big commitment,â€? Padgett said. â€œCouples might be able to save themselves a lot of heartache and some trouble if theyâ€™re able to learn to talk about these areas of life before they get married. People need to talk about everything before getting married.â€?
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